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International Students in Japan 2013

March, 2014
Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO)

Overview of international students acceptance

135,519 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2013,
1.6% down from last year.

Number of international students by institutional type

Graduate school
39,567
(0.2% down)
University (undergraduate)/ Junior college/
College of technology
69,339
(2.8% down)
Professional training college
24,586
(2.3% down)
University preparatory course
2,027
(27.7%up)

5 major countries / regions of origin

China
81,884
(5.1%down)
Republic of Korea
15,304
(8.1% down)
Vietnam
6,290
(43.8%up)
Taiwan
4,719
(2.2% up)
Nepal
3,188
(30.1%up)

Note 1: "International student" on this survey is defined as a student from a foreign country who is receiving education at any Japanese university, graduate school, junior college, college of technology, professional training college or university preparatory course and who resides in Japan with "College student" visa status.


Note 2: "Short-term international student" on this survey is defined as a student from a foreign country who is receiving education in Japan for a period of one year or less. The purpose of a student is not necessarily to obtain a degree but rather to study at Japanese university, to experience a Japanese culture, or to master Japanese language.

1. Trends in Number of International Students by Source of Funds (As of each May 1)

Trends in Number of International Students by Source of Funds

2. Trends in Number of International Students by Institutional Type (As of each May 1)

Trends in Number of International Students by Institutional Type

*Note: "University preparatory course" is a course that has been designated by MEXT for students from countries where the number of years required for the completion of secondary education is less than 12 years. Upon completion of this course, students are permitted to enter a Japanese university.

3. Number of International Students by Region of Origin

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total Short-term students
Number of students % of total
Asia 124,542
(127,178)
91.9%
(92.3)
7,095
(6,876)
60.6%
(61.7)
Europe 4,753
(4,456)
3.5%
(3.2)
2,482
(2,240)
21.2%
(20.1)
North America 2,391
(2,435)
1.8%
(1.8)
1,634
(1,551)
13.9%
(13.9)
Middle East 1,233
(1,112)
0.9%
(0.8)
55
(45)
0.5%
(0.4)
Africa 1,155
(1,106)
0.9%
(0.8)
83
(66)
0.7%
(0.6)
Latin America 946
(926)
0.7%
(0.7)
135
(101)
1.2%
(0.9)
Oceania 499
(543)
0.4%
(0.4)
233
(267)
2.0%
(2.4)
Total 135,519
(137,756)
100.0%
(100.0)
11,717
(11,146)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2012

4. Number of International Students by Nationality
(1) Number of International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total Country/region Number of students % of total
China 81,884 (86,324) 60.4% (62.7) Philippines 507 (497) 0.4% (0.4)
Republic of Korea 15,304 (16,651) 11.3% (12.1) Saudi Arabia 472 (413) 0.3% (0.3)
Vietnam 6,290 ( 4,373) 4.6% (3.2) United Kingdom 452 (429) 0.3% (0.3)
Taiwan 4,719 (4,617) 3.5% (3.4) Russia 339 (333) 0.3% (0.2)
Nepal 3,188 (2,451) 2.4% (1.8) Cambodia 338 (311) 0.2% (0.2)
Indonesia 2,410 (2,276) 1.8% (1.7) Australia 312 (338) 0.2% (0.2)
Thailand 2,383 (2,167) 1.8% (1.6) Canada 308 (302) 0.2% (0.2)
Malaysia 2,293 (2,319) 1.7% (1.7) Brazil 275 (272) 0.2% (0.2)
U.S.A. 2,083 (2,133) 1.5% (1.5) Sweden 254 (244) 0.2% (0.2)
Myanmar 1,193 (1,151) 0.9% (0.8) Egypt 229 (213) 0.2% (0.2)
Mongolia 1,138 (1,114) 0.8% (0.8) Uzbekistan 227 (203) 0.2% (0.1)
Bangladesh 875 (1,052) 0.6% (0.8) Laos 218 (223) 0.2% (0.2)
Sri Lanka 794 (670) 0.6% (0.5) Italy 217 (182) 0.2% (0.1)
France 793 (740) 0.6% (0.5) Singapore 209 (211) 0.2% (0.2)
Germany 599 (566) 0.4% (0.4) Others 4,656 (4,440) 3.4% (3.2)
India 560 (541) 0.4% (0.4) Total 135,519 (137,756) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2012

(2) Number of Short-term International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total Country/region Number of students % of total
China
3,719
(3,478)
31.7%
(31.2)
Netherlands
88
(99)
0.8%
(0.9)
U.S.A.
1,480
(1,409)
12.6%
(12.6)
Spain
82
(72)
0.7%
(0.6)
Republic of Korea
1,473
(1,595)
12.6%
(14.3)
Norway
60
(54)
0.5%
(0.5)
Taiwan
871
(823)
7.4%
(7.4)
Malaysia
57
(44)
0.5%
(0.4)
France
521
(454)
4.4%
(4.1)
Switzerland
53
(41)
0.5%
(0.4)
Germany
433
(415)
3.7%
(3.7)
Brazil
49
(37)
0.4%
(0.3)
Thailand
345
(301)
2.9%
(2.7)
Mongolia
47
(55)
0.4%
(0.5)
United Kingdom
325
(297)
2.8%
(2.7)
Poland
47
(45)
0.4%
(0.4)
Australia
203
(223)
1.7%
(2.0)
Mexico
45
(34)
0.4%
(0.3)
Vietnam
176
(158)
1.5%
(1.4)
Singapore
44
(45)
0.4%
(0.4)
Indonesia
158
(196)
1.3%
(1.8)
Philippines
43
(43)
0.4%
(0.4)
Canada
154
(142)
1.3%
(1.3)
Belgium
39
(38)
0.3%
(0.3)
Sweden
123
(122)
1.0%
(1.1)
India
38
(31)
0.3%
(0.3)
Italy
120
(92)
1.0%
(0.8)
Denmark
37
(34)
0.3%
(0.3)
Russia
105
(102)
0.9%
(0.9)
Others
678
(575)
5.8%
(5.2)
Finland
104
(92)
0.9%
(0.8)
Total
11,717
(11,146)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2012

5. Number of International Students by Gender

(Unit: person)
Gender Number of students % of total
Male
70,428
(70,518)
52.0%
(51.2)
Female
65,091
(67,238)
48.0%
(48.8)
Total
135,519
(137,756)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2012

6. Number of International Students by Institutional Type

(Unit: person)
National Local public Private Total
Number of students % of total Number of students % of total Number of students % of total Number of students % of total
Graduate school
24,711
62.5%
1,722
4.4%
13,134
33.2%
39,567
100.0%
(24,680)
(62.3)
(1,680)
(4.2)
(13,281)
(33.5)
(39,641)
(100.0)
University (undergraduate)
10,453
15.5%
1,669
2.5%
55,315
82.0%
67,437
100.0%
(10,293)
(14.9)
(1,636)
(2.4)
(57,345)
(82.8)
(69,274)
(100.0)
Junior college
0
0.0%
11
0.8%
1,427
99.2%
1,438
100.0%
(0)
(0.0)
(6)
(0.4)
(1,597)
(99.6)
(1,603)
(100.0)
College of technology
396
85.3%
0
0.0%
68
14.7%
464
100.0%
(432)
(89.3)
(1)
(0.2)
(51)
(10.5)
(484)
(100.0)
Professional training college
1
0.0%
13
0.05%
24,572
99.94%
24,586
100.0%
(0)
(0.0)
(12)
(0.05)
(25,155)
(99.95)
(25,167)
(100.0)
University preparatory course
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
2,027
100.0%
2,027
100.0%
(0)
(0.0)
(0)
(0.0)
(1,587)
(100.0)
(1,587)
(100.0)
Total
35,561
26.2%
3,415
2.5%
96,543
71.2%
135,519
100.0%
(35,405)
(25.7)
(3,335)
(2.4)
(99,016)
(71.9)
(137,756)
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2012

7. Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)
Major field Number of students % of total
Humanities
28,605
(28,074)
21.1%
(20.4)
Social science
52,333
(54,187)
38.6%
(39.3)
Science
2,279
(2,140)
1.7%
(1.6)
Engineering
23,242
(23,316)
17.2%
(16.9)
Agriculture
2,973
(3,105)
2.2%
(2.3)
Health care
3,097
(3,068)
2.3%
(2.2)
Home economics
2,759
(2,930)
2.0%
(2.1)
Education
3,143
(3,349)
2.3%
(2.4)
Arts
4,776
(4,594)
3.5%
(3.3)
Others
12,312
(12,993)
9.1%
(9.4)
Total
135,519
(137,756)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2012

8. Number of International Students by Region and Prefecture of Japan

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total Prefecture Number of students Region Number of students % of total Prefecture Number of students
Hokkaido
2,686
(2,737)
2.0%
(2.0)
Hokkaido
2,686
(2,737)
Kinki
25,593
(25,691)
18.9%
(18.6)
Mie
898
(946)
Shiga
395
(454)
Kyoto
7,243
(6,900)
Osaka
10,533
(10,521)
Hyogo
4,901
(5,128)
Nara
1,303
(1,463)
Tohoku
3,271
(3,385)
2.4%
(2.5)
Aomori
239
(281)
Wakayama
320
(279)
Iwate
319
(350)
Chugoku
6,392
(6,821)
4.7%
(5.0)
Tottori
172
(183)
Miyagi
1,848
(1,872)
Shimane
207
(195)
Akita
372
(355)
Okayama
2,029
(2,273)
Yamagata
224
(225)
Hiroshima
2,552
(2,499)
Fukushima
269
(302)
Yamaguchi
1,432
(1,671)
Kanto
63,360
(64,429)
46.8%
(46.8)
Ibaraki
2,658
(2,638)
Shikoku
1,329
(1,309)
1.0%
(1.0)
Tokushima
322
(332)
Tochigi
1,158
(1,075)
Kagawa
378
(351)
Gunma
1,409
(1,366)
Ehime
450
(462)
Saitama
5,760
(5,877)
Kochi
179
(164)
Chiba
4,991
(5,290)
Kyushu
18,411
(18,219)
13.6%
(13.2)
Fukuoka
10,779
(10,434)
Tokyo
42,791
(43,500)
Saga
274
(292)
Kanagawa
4,593
(4,683)
Nagasaki
1,445
(1,461)
Chubu
14,477
(15,165)
10.7%
(11.0)
Niigata
1,562
(1,533)
Kumamoto
717
(724)
Toyama
556
(567)
Oita
3,417
(3,562)
Ishikawa
1,534
(1,570)
Miyazaki
180
(170)
Fukui
280
(288)
Kagoshima
968
(968)
Yamanashi
768
(841)
Okinawa
631
(608)
Nagano
780
(774)
Total 135,519
(137,756)
100.0%
(100.0)
Gifu
1,373
(1,406)
Shizuoka
1,410
(1,563)
Aichi
6,214
(6,623)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2012

9. Number of International Students by Housing

A. International student housing set up by schools (20,687 students)
National universities
83 schools
9,500 students
Local public universities
27 schools
708 students
Private universities
304 schools
10,479 students

B. International student housing set up by public corporations, etc. (4,571 students)
Student housing set up by JASSO 918 students
Student housing set up by local government 771 students
Student housing set up by public corporations 968 students
Public housing 1,422students
Private company housing 492 students

C. General student housing set up by schools (5,902 students)
National universities
104schools
3,251 students
Local public universities
10 schools
205 students
Private universities
233 schools
2,446 students
Number of International Students by Housing

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